Thursday 24 December 2020

Dreams on wings single scrapbook page

 The embellishments on this layout in rich earthy colours perfectly match the picture and layout.

1.         Adhere printed paper to backing board (preferably with double-sided tape).

2.        Paint printed paper with thin layer of clear gesso.

3.         Paint metal dragonfly or butterfly and angel wings with black gesso.

4.        When black gesso is dry, apply waxes to the two pieces.

5.        When gesso on page is dry, do foiling on page with tacky glue and foil.

6.        Splatter gold ink in area on page as shown in the picture.

8.        Heat emboss oval frame.

9.        Arrange and adhere the embellishments that are behind the photo (oval frame, icing paste pieces, feather, die-cut lace strip, large swirls).

10.    Adhere brown cardboard to back of rose gold cardstock.

11.     Adhere brown cardstock on op of rose gold cardstock. Adhere this to the page.

12.    Arrange and adhere the rest of the embellishments.

The Purple Magnolia stocks a wide variety of metal embellishments for your mixed media projects.  

Happy crafting, until next time.

marie Smith



Wednesday 23 December 2020

Serene single page layout

 This layout is, to me, the ultimate serene background for a variety of photos to preserve your memories.

The Serenity papers by Lemoncraft are so beautiful, that I did not want to apply too many techniques, so that the details on the paper would be the main feature on this layout. 

I used a die-cut cardstock frame - using a Heartfelt Creations die and a pice of light grey cardstoock for positioning the single photo.

Fussy-cut elements from the page with elements for cutting out and a few paper flowers and die-cut leaves were the only embellishments.

Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith


Pocket recipe book in wooden box


If you love cooking and preparing meals, your recipe book HAS to be FUN, easy to use and easy to store.

Large album rings were used for this album, so that you can add as many pages as you want or need. To ensure that the recipe book stays clean and is easy to store, there are “pockets” on many of the pages in which you can insert recipe cards, take them out while you cook and put them back. You can also adhere recipe cards straight onto some of the pages.

The wooden box allows for easy upright or flat storage. A pen is stored on the inside to be ready when you need it to make notes or write down a recipe.



For This Project You Will Need:

·        Fabscraps C125 Meals in heels 30x30 paper pack

·        Fabscsraps C125 Meals in heels (8x8 inch) cardstock paper pack

·        Fabscraps C125 Meals in heels large sticker set

·        Fabscraps metal charms

·        Fabscraps Meals in heels recipe album

·        Fabscraps clear glue


Other materials:

·        2 large album rings

·        1 piece 20x20cm chipboard (for additional cover in front of recipe album)

·        Hit glue gun for adhering metal charms

·        Wooden book box (available at major stationers and craft stores in South Africa)

·        Light grey acrylic paint

·        Clear gesso

·        Paper flowers, chipboard twigs and die-cut leaves

·        Paper trimmer or guillotine, scissors



1.      Paint the wooden book box inside with acrylic paint. Allow to dry and paint outside. Leave to dry completely.

2.      While the box is drying, cut a “cover” for the front of the wooden book box from one of the sheets in the 30x30cm paper pack. Paint it on one side with clear gesso (to prevent it from curling and buckling). When dry, paint on the other side and leave again to dry completely. When the gesso is completely dry, adhere the paper to the outside front cover of the book box with Dries clear glue, Tacky glue or thick gem medium.

3.      To fill the extra space in the wooden book box, make a small box from chipboard, cover with printed paper. Tie two pieces of elastic cord around to hold a pen. Adhere the box to the inside of the wooden book box as shown in the pictures.

4.      Cover the chipboard album pages on one side with printed paper from the collection, after measuring and cutting to size. It is helpful to trace the around the tabs of the chipboard. Alternate cooking-theme apers and papers from the plain cardstock pack.

5.      Use a punching tool to cut holes in the scrapbook paper in the exact position as the holes in the chipboard pages.

6.      Turn around and cover the reverse sides of the chipboard pages with printed paper/plain cardstock. Remember to cut the additional piece of cardstock to the same size as the square that comes as part of the recipe album. Cover that on both sides as describes and make holes for the rings.

7.      Prepare additional pages for your recipes by cutting them in squares the same size as the square chipboard page. Make “pockets” for inserting recipe cards by cutting paper strips that are the same width as the chipboard pages and 8cm high. Adhere these to the paper pages with glue ONLY at the left, bottom and right-hand sizes. This will leave an opening at the top, into which you can insert recipe cards and/or cooking tips.

8.      Insert the rings into all pages to make up the recipe book.

9.      Decorate inside pages and write recipe categories (e.g. Casseroles, Pies, Veggies, Sweets, etc.) on the chipboard page tabs.

10.   Lastly, decorate the front cover.

11.   Insert recipe cards into packets and write recipes on some plain pages.



I hope you likes it and that you are inspired to create your own recipe book in a wooden box. This paper collection is unfortunately a sell-out at Fabscraps, but The Purple Magnolia will soon have two awesome cooing-themed paper packs by lemoncraft in stock.

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Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith